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JOY for Today - Forgiveness Day 2022

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Sometimes seeking joy is not a task you want to undertake. Sometimes we want to sit in our anger, sadness, or hurt and are not ready for joy. But, when you are ready to let that JOY back in , forgiveness is a necessary step. June 26, 2022 Forgiveness Day Findings: Did You Know...  Two we knew; three we didn't. Wolfe Stew Connects  Musings from the Mrs. Bible Verses and Quotes  About forgiveness of self and others. Activity Suggestions  Posters, movies, books, and songs. Did You Know: There is more than one day for forgiveness throughout the year? Additional designations for forgiveness include the third full week of June, July 7th, the first Sunday in August, September 27th, and October 7th.  Forgiveness is good for your health?  Mayo Clinic studied the health benefits of forgiveness and contrasted them with the side effects of holding a grudge. Forgiveness improves relationships, mental health, blood pressure, immune systems, and heart health. ( Mayo Clinic ) Carrying a grudge li

JOY for Today - World Turtle Day 2022

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After watching my turtle recover from his tumble down the stairs yesterday (he's alright), I realized this is what turtles do: they take risks. They don't know what's at the bottom of that fall, but they trust their shell to protect them. I wonder, what shell protects you? Does your shell of protection provide joy and confidence or fear and isolation?  Meet Our Turtle: Waldo World Turtle Day Stops: Did You Know...   Two we knew; three we didn't. Wolfe Stew Connects  Musings by the Mrs. Bible Verses and Quotes  Inspired by turtles. Activity Suggestions   Care, costumes, reading, crafting, games, habitats, and maps. Did You Know: Turtles existed alongside dinosaurs?  Turtles lived more than 220 million years ago, before snakes, crocodiles, and alligators. ( World Atlas ) The oldest turtle on record lived to 188?  Named, Tu'i Malila, this female radiated tortoise lived on Tonga Island but was originally from Madagascar. ( Tongan Tribes ) More than 356 species exist?  T

JOY for Today - Mother's Day 2022

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To our moms and sisters-in-arms (whether by blood or by faith), here's to the happiest of Mother's Days. We pray that today you see a glimpse of your worth and a reflection of the JOY you inspire in others. Thank you for carrying out in faithful diligence your role and for your continued resilience in fighting the good fight. JOY flows through you. Mother's Day   Offerings: Did You Know...   Wolfe Stew Connects   Bible Verses and Quotes   Activity Suggestions   Did You Know: The founder of Mother's Day was a grieving daughter? A year after her mother passed, Anna Jarvis honored her at church. The following year, 1907, Jarvis organized the first Mother's Day observance where every mother in attendance received recognition. ( Farmers' Almanac ) Carnations are the original Mother's Day flower?  At Jarvis' first Mother's Day celebration, each mother in the congregation received a carnation - the favored flower of Jarvis' mom. ( Farmers' Almanac )

JOY for Today - Honesty Day 2022

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Yes! Let's celebrate honesty. While honesty may not immediately bring JOY, the truth is it builds the foundation for trust and a relationship built on trust sets a solid foundation for JOY. Let's make the commitment to work on honest communication within every relationship. We need all the JOY we can get! Photo from pxhere Honest Offerings: Did You Know...   Wolfe Stew Connects Bible Verses and Quotes   Activity Suggestions  (For families, classrooms, or individuals) Did You Know: Honesty Day's date is strategically chosen to balance out April Fool's Day? By ending the month with honesty, M. Hirsh Goldberg (creator of Honesty Day) believed it would help us end April on a "higher moral note" ( Washington Examiner ) .  The creator of Honesty Day wrote a book about lies? The book is titled  The Book of Lies: Fibs, Tales, Schemes, Scams, Fakes, and Frauds That Have Changed the Course of History and Affect Our Daily Lives  and explores how commonplace lying is in o

JOY for Today - April Fools' Day

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While we are not in favor of calling people fools, we are in favor of making memories, joining in laughter, and cultivating general merriment. Pranks, done right, can ignite all these things. Plan one (or two) and keep your head about you as you navigate the JOY in today. Photo by editonevideo at Pixabay April Fools' Day Topics: Did You Know...   Wolfe Stew Connects Bible Verses and Quotes   Activity Suggestions  (For families, classrooms or individuals) Did You Know: One April Fools' Day origin story suggests it began as a mockery of people who were slow to transition to the Gregorian calendar? The previous calendar's (Julian) New Year began on the spring equinox, which occurs around April 1st. So, those who continued celebrating the New Year on the last week of March through April first were called April fools. The original prank was a paper fish plastered to your back? The fish symbolized gullibility and the French still celebrate this way. Asking people to run meaningl

JOY for Today - Valentine's Day 2022

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While Valentine's Day is met with mixed emotions, I see it as a celebration of LOVE. Love of God, love of others, and love of self.  There is never enough love to go around. So, let's find JOY for today in giving and receiving love. Hearts image from Pixabay . Valentine's Day Offerings Did You Know...   Wolfe Stew Connects Bible Verses and Love Quotes   Activity Suggestions  (for families, classrooms, or individuals) Did You Know: There are three Saint Valentine legends? First, there's the Valentine who married soldiers despite Emperor Claudius II's decree to keep them single. Second, Valentine of Terni lived his life supporting marriage and ended it with a note to his beloved signed "From your Valentine." Finally, a third Valentine helped Christians escape imprisonment.  There are three reasons it's on February 14th : St. Valentine's burial date, the Pagan fertility festival Lupercalia, and the beginning of birds' mating season (according to

JOY for Today: Celebrate Your Spouse

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A spouse is the person you do life with, a permanent fixture often overlooked. Today, take time to celebrate that person walking hand-in-hand through life with you. Rejoice in your marriage! Spouse Celebration Offerings Lessons from Spouses   Wolfe Stew Connection Bible Verses and Quotes Activity Suggestion  (for spouses, families, or classrooms) Lessons from Spouses Priscilla and Aquilla  - a Biblical couple who worked side-by-side making tents and ministering. The lesson I want to learn from them: live a daring life for God together .  Mary and Joseph - the mother and father of Jesus. The lesson I want to learn from them: face trials together to make your faith stronger . Pocahontas and John Rolfe  - the Powhatan princess and Jamestown colonist whose marriage brought a time of peace. The lesson I want to learn from them: within a marriage is a new world of possibilities . George and Martha Washington  - USA's first president and first First Lady. The lesson I want to learn from